Rhode Island Reds

Discussion in 'Breeds & Genetics' started by BuckeyeChickens, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. BuckeyeChickens

    BuckeyeChickens New Member

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    Who is currently raising and/or breeding some nice Rhode Island Reds???

    Have any pictures to share???
     
  2. BuckeyeChickens

    BuckeyeChickens New Member

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    Here is a Vintage drawing comparison of RIR's to Buckeyes....since both birds are DARK RED in color lots of folks think they are similar but these fowl are very different is shape;

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    RIR's above & Buckeyes below!

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    Both breeds were approved by the APA for entry in the Standard of Perfection in 1904 (RIR's) & 1905 (Buckeyes). Originally, it was said Buckeyes were a darker red at the time but over the years RIR's have grown darker and darker while many Buckeyes today have incorrectly gotten lighter in color!
     

  3. Keith

    Keith New Member

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    I raise them. Will post some pictures tomorrow.

    They are a great breed; handle both cold and heat, forage very well, friendly temperament, lay a large brown egg.

    I also have Buff and plan to foster some Buff/Red mixes this year.
     
  4. BuckeyeChickens

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    Great Keith, look forward to seeing your REDS!!! Once in a while I have a few SC RIR's roaming the farm just so folks that visit can compare them to the Buckeyes. It's been many years since I did any serious RIR breeding but they were once my favorite RED chicken.